Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group
Formed in 1964 in response to the long waiting list for the Deepwater Point Sea Scout Group, which is no longer active, the Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group provides local young people aged five to 25 years with an adventurous, fun, challenging and inclusive program that has a nautical twist.
Trevor Leaver and Lyn Ward, after whom the Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group named two of its boats, were key personnel in its formative days. Leaver, who was Secretary of the Group for five years, was instrumental in not only its establishment but also the building of its Scout Hall. Ward (nee Lewis) was the Group’s first Akela and served as a Cub Scout Leader for more than a quarter of a century. Read more about the Group’s history in the Silver Jubilee booklet that Gordon Johnston, who was its Group Leader in 1989, edited.
The Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group operates five venues – one overlooking the Swan River in Applecross and four in Ardross. The Scout Hall is located at the eastern end of The Strand, adjacent to the Goolugatup Heathcote cultural precinct. The Cub Hall, the Guide Hall, the Venturer Den and the Rover Den are situated on land that is accessible from either Collier Street or McCallum Crescent. Members of the community are able to hire the Scout Hall, the Cub Hall and the Guide Hall at great rates.
The Group Leader of the Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group is Llew Withers. The Group’s Membership Officer is Jackie Omodei, and she is the person who monitors messages sent via the online form on this website’s Join page. Peter Samson coordinates the hiring of the Group’s venues. A band of leaders and advisers run the Group’s Units across the five age sections – Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts – but rarely do they say no to helping hands so do not be backward in coming forward.
The Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group runs its Scouting operations out of two locations, one adjacent to the Swan River in Applecross and one on a large block of land close to the Canning Highway in Ardross.